WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University women's basketball team had an opportunity for a win slip through its hands Sunday afternoon as the Bison fell 64-61 to Penn St.-Berks in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) game in the Field House.
Gallaudet (2-19, 2-15 NEAC) battled with Penn St.-Berks (6-11, 6-9 NEAC) to keep the game close for the entire game. A late rally by the Bison proved to be too little too late, as time expired.
Early in the third quarter, the Bison found themselves trailing by 12 points, 36-24. After taking a 30-second timeout Gallaudet came back out onto the court ready to mount a comeback.
Junior guard Kori Koss (Delavan, Wis.) dropped 13 points in the third quarter to lead the comeback and cut the Nittany Lions lead to one point, 46-45, as time ran out in the third.
GU's rally continued into the fourth quarter as they took a one-point lead, 49-48, with 8:19 left in regulation after Koss hit a jump shot on a fast break.
Once Gallaudet had the lead, the Nittany Lions roared back and held a six-point lead with 1:05 left in the fourth quarter.
The Bison refused to quit as it created opportunities for themselves off of two steals in the final 25 seconds of the game.
Koss made another jumper with seven seconds left to cut the margin to two, 63-61. The Bison didn't get another opportunity as time expired.
With leading scorer and freshman guard Jakkisha Smith (Dallas, Texas) on the bench, Gallaudet found offense elsewhere.
Koss scored a career-high 25 points to go with six rebounds, two assists and two steals as she played all 40 minutes.
Gallaudet's forwards also made major contributions to the team. Sophomore Kelli Barnes (Cliffside, N.C.) had 16 points and five rebounds while junior Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) and junior Lawjen Ashmore (Fairbanks, Alaska.) each had eight points and 11 rebounds. Ashmore had a game-high four blocks.
Penn St.-Berks was led by Deanna Daddona who scored 24 points, collected 10 rebounds and dished out five assists.
- Junior guard Tuesdae Dunklin (Gardendale, Ala.) had nine rebounds, three points and two assists
- Freshman forward Tiffany Anderson (Forest Lake, Minn.) had seven rebounds
- The Bison out-rebounded the Nittany Lions, 62-41
- Gallaudet outscored Penn St.-Berks in the paint, 26-16
- GU outscored Penn St.-Berks on the fast break, 12-4
GU will have the next five days off before it will host NEAC opponent Wells College (7-11, 6-7 NEAC) from the North Division on Saturday, Feb. 11, at noon. The Bison will be wearing pink to show their support to raise breast cancer awareness.